Poorly maintained manufacturing and processing equipment can quickly turn into a major liability. Keeping up with basic upkeep and ensuring that high-wear items and other easily replaced components are swapped out frequently can go a long way towards preventing breakdowns and other equipment-related problems that might interfere with your daily operations and workflow.
Gauges and Dials
Trying to make do with a busted gauge or a faulty dial can lead to all sorts of problems that you would do well to avoid. Gauges, dials, and other diagnostic equipment are often designed as self-contained unit that helps to ensure quick-and-easy replacement.
Moving parts and components are often subjected to the considerable heat and stress caused by friction. While lubrication and cooling systems can help protect these components, they typically require frequent replacement. Most moving parts are designed to be easily replaced, especially those that are likely to wear out quickly.
Gaskets and Washers
Rubber, plastic, and other components used to manufacture gaskets, O-rings, and industrial washers are other items that may require frequent replacement. Gaskets and washers that have become brittle, inflexible, or that no longer provide an adequate seal can easily lead to more serious problems and costly equipment breakdowns.
High-Stress Parts and Components
Pneumatic components, hydraulics, and other equipment parts that are subject to excessive stress may also need to be replaced from time to time. The mechanical strain that processing equipment places on key parts and components can be intense and even the best-made parts may begin to wear out over time. Routine replacement and other basic upkeep efforts can go a long way towards extending the useful service life of your processing equipment.
Fuses and Electrical Components
An electrical failure within your industrial machinery or manufacturing equipment is often all that it takes to bring your entire operation to a halt. A blown fuse may sound like a mundane mechanical problem, but such issues can still result in costly bottlenecks. Equipment owners and operators would be wise to familiarize themselves with the steps needed to swap out blown fuses or other electrical components.
Keeping your processing equipment up and running is essential for ensuring efficient day-to-day operations. The most easily installed parts and mechanical components are also those that may require the most frequent replacement. Learning where to find the best replacement parts and how to go about installing them can make it much easier to service and maintain your equipment.